An uncompromising roadster, the rear-drive S2000 debuted for the 2000 model year.
It's quick and agile, but noisy when revved vigorously and rides harshly.
Brisk driving brings out the car's fun, but as a commuter car it's cramped and frenetically noisy.
While the S2000's 2.0-liter four-cylinder zooms easily to 9,000 RPM and develops 240 hp, stirring performance is only available between 6,000 rpm and the screaming redline.
Otherwise, power delivery feels just ordinary.
The six-speed transmission is crisp and precise.
A glass rear window arrived in 2002, replacing the plastic one.
The engine grew to 2.2-liters and gained flexibility in 2004, and the ride was softened somewhat; these changes made the S2000 marginally easier to live with, but also eroded some of the car's live-wire feel.
Model year 2006 brought standard electronic stability control and 2009 was its last year.